How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Keeping up with all your college classwork is tough enough, staying healthy doesn't have to be. Combat the dreaded first year weight gain with these nutritious snacking alternatives.


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Granola Bars

Skip trips to the vending machine and stock your dorm with these delicious treats. "Those with a bit of chocolate can stand in for a candy bar or cookie," says Robyn Flipse, nutritionist and author of Fighting the Freshman Fifteen. "Also, portion control is easier with individually wrapped bars versus an open box of sweets."